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  Elul 20, 5769 , 09/09/09

US-Israel-PA Meeting Set for September 22

The Obama administration decided on Wednesday to schedule a tripartite US-Israeli-Palestinian summit at the U.N. center in New York for September 22, the day before U.S. President Barak Obama meets Russian president Dmitry Medvedev at the UN General Assembly, according to a DEBKAfile report. The three leaders will declare the resumption of Middle East peace talks. The summit’s date will require Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman to be present and away from Israel during Rosh Hashana (Jewish New Year’s), the report noted.

Saudi King Abdullah and Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak are working to unify rivals Hamas and Fatah on the Palestinian Authority side ahead of the talks. According to the report, these efforts at political unity have caused Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas, Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal, and their parties moving between Gaza, Damascus, Cairo and Riyadh over last couple of weeks, and not a possible prisoner swap to free kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, as reported in the media.

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